North Carolina State Resources

  • Cooperative North Carolina Research, Education & Extension Service Partners
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture - Provides educational activities to raise the understanding and importance of agriculture, laws, standards and best practices, including production and marketing information for major crops and products.
  • North Carolina Fact Sheet, Economic Research Service, USDA - This specific fact sheet includes current data on population, per capita income, earnings per job, poverty rates, employment, unemployment, farm and farm-related jobs, farm characteristics, farm financial characteristics, top ag commodities, top export commodities and top counties in ag sales.
  • North Carolina Farmers' Markets
  • North Carolina USDA Rural Development
  • More Links
    • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association - Supports and expands local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers.
    • Developing a Food Business, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension
    • Food Program, Food & Drug Protection Division, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 
    • North Carolina Agritourism Farms
    • North Carolina Agribusiness Council
    • North Carolina Commerce Finance Center - The Commerce Finance Center (CFC) provides a “one-step” financial center to which relocating companies and existing employers come for the articulation of the financing alternatives available in North Carolina. It is CFC’s responsibility to encourage and precipitate decisions to save and create new jobs, and to entice prospective employers to offer better paying jobs to North Carolina citizens. Incentives and programs administered by the CFC include tax credits, grants, loan funding and bond financing.
    • North Carolina Department of Commerce Business and Industry - The Business and Industry Division (B&I) leads North Carolina's business and industrial recruitment efforts. The Division's industrial developers work closely with other public and private development organizations to attract new industries to the state.
    • North Carolina's Regional Partnerships for Economic Development - The counties of North Carolina have been organized into seven joint public/private partnerships for economic development. North Carolina's regional partnerships enable regions to independently market for new investment and to devise effective economic development strategies based on regional opportunities and advantages.
    • Publications for Developing a Food Business, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.
    • The Golden LEAF (Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation) was created in 1999 as a nonprofit corporation by Court Order in the consent decree resolving litigation initiated by the North Carolina Department of Justice. It receives one half of the funds coming to North Carolina resulting from the Master Settlement Agreement and makes grants to nonprofit and government agencies to improve the economic and social conditions of North Carolina's people. The objectives are to promote the social welfare of North Carolina's citizens and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance. E-mail:
    • The Small Business Resource is designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs solve problems and locate key public and private organizations and individuals. These are business decision makers - businessmen and women looking to expand their operations, relocate companies and plan a business startup.
    • The Tobacco Trust Fund was established to assist tobacco farmers, tobacco quota holders, persons engaged in tobacco-related businesses, individuals displaced from tobacco-related employment and tobacco product component businesses in North Carolina by the funding of programs that support, foster, encourage and facilitate a strong agricultural economy in North Carolina or otherwise address needs in the tobacco-related segment of the state's economy.

 Reviewed February 2016.